mercredi 6 août 2014

Troubles, erotic and surrealistic curiosities

Popcards Factory is launching a new collection of books entitled Troubles dedicated to the erotic curiosities and oddities in French girlie mags of the 1940’s and ‘50’s.

The first volume is dedicated to Sensations, one of the most unique and surprising publications of this era. Over some 58 issues, from 1948 to 1953, this mag enchanted us in so many ways, and demonstrated the close ties between popular culture and avant-garde artistic movements.

The themes covered throughout the 192 pages of this richly-illustrated book (more than 400 photographs have been reproduced in this publication) are as follows:

. Erotic alphabets, or how to convert perverts of all stripes to the love of « belles lettres »,
. Abstractions and oddities, a selection of the most enigmatic pages which Sensations offered us,
. Anatomical blazonry, a graphical reinterpretation of a now-obsolete literary tradition,
. Sensual reveries, half-fantastical, half-grotesque,
. Cutouts and superimpositions, typographical flights of fancy and stunning graphical effects,
. Interlude, games, contests and crossword puzzles,
. Phantasmic settings, clever blends of titillations and nightmares,
. The Sensations Pin-up, a fascinating and vaguely troubling creature,
. Disrobing and provocations, stripteases with extremely elaborate settings,
. Letters to the Editor, readers’ letters which reflect a real panorama of desire in the 1950’s
…And, last but not least, a reproduction of all the covers of Sensations.

Florian, creator of the blog Au Carrefour Etrange, did us the great favor of writing the foreword of Troubles.

The entire text was translated into English by Allegra J. Cramb.

192 pages, 18 x 24 cm, soft cover,
Public price: 37 Euros

Link: Big Cartel Boutique - Troubles, Curiosités érotiques et surréalistes

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